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Shaping Health PolicyCase Study Methods and Analysis$
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Mark Exworthy, Stephen Peckham, Martin Powell, and Alison Hann

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781847427588

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847427588.001.0001

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Case studies in health policy: concluding remarks

Case studies in health policy: concluding remarks

Chapter:
(p.329) Twenty-One Case studies in health policy: concluding remarks
Source:
Shaping Health Policy
Author(s):

Mark Exworthy

Martin Powell

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847427588.003.0021

This book has shown case studies to be a ‘flexible research tool’ available to social scientists. This flexibility is evident through its adaptability its inclusiveness but also its potential for ambiguity. It thus shows the need for clarity in the ways and settings in which case studies are deployed. The collection of case studies demonstrates that there is a continuum of case studies, in terms of scope/definition, method, and analysis. Case studies, as displayed here (and indeed elsewhere), are a ‘broad church’. However, they continue to provide value in shedding light on an empirical phenomenon and offering insights into theoretical statements.

Keywords:   health policy, case studies, health research, social scientists

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